Edgar Allan Poe vs. Stephen King

Edgar Allan Poe is considered to be the man that started it all. He’s considered the father of horror and the father of the detective story. Poe has influenced many writers today. For me most recently I’ve noticed that Stephen King has taken a few pages out of Poe’s handbook. I believe there was a scene in IT that I read that eerily reminded me of Poe. More specifically something reminded me of “The Pit and the Pendulum.” There have been many other scenes like that of Stephen King’s that reflected Poe’s own style of writing. Is it any wonder that Stephen King is considered the modern day father of horror? It’s just like Poe passed the torch because there was no one else like Poe in his time. He was amazingly disturbed and his writing was dark and horrifying and Poe’s writing reflected your deepest fears. Heck, his writing reflected his deepest fears. I believe Stephen King is on that same level. He has distinguished himself from today’s writers. He’s gained this well-deserved reputation as an amazing horror writer. Horror is what he’s known for and much like Poe his writing reflects your deepest fears. Take IT for example, which is a story about an evil entity that loves transforming into a clown. When King wrote that he knew a lot people were terrified of clowns. Him and Poe were just ahead of their times. They knew how to push boundaries and get a reaction out of their audience and they succeeded. I’m a fan of both!

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My Stephen King journey

There has been an amazing resurgence of Stephen King this year. He has had two tv shows and two movies coming out this year (Mr. Mercedes, The Mist, The Dark Tower, and the upcoming IT). I am extremely looking forward to IT coming out this Friday!!!! *excited squeals* Anywho, I digress. Because of society’s renewed fascination with Stephen King it has also lit a fire within me as well as a reader.  I started reading IT to prepare for the movie and then I also watched the 1990 miniseries, which was horrible in my opinion. It was cheesy and just plain bad. I didn’t even finish it. Anyway, I did all of that to prepare for the movie and now I want to continue reading more Stephen King. I just finished Salem’s Lot, and it is a fascinating and truly scary book. There were times in that book where I literally threw the book down and had to cover my eyes. For a writer to be able to produce those type of emotions out of a reader is great feat and King succeeds tremendously. Another thing that King is excellent at is great character development. Stephen King honestly gives his all as a writer, leaving no stone unturned. He makes the reader feel about these characters. I did finish reading Salem’s Lot a few days ago, and then I watched the 1979 movie yesterday. There were some things about the miniseries that I had a problem with like the fact that some of the characters names were changed and some plot points were changed, but overall it was a decent adaptation. The next Stephen King novel I plan on reading is Misery and then I plan on reading The Shining. This resurgence of Stephen King is really exciting for me because I feel like a new generation is being introduced to him, mainly because all of these tv shows and movies are coming out and so you know what that usually does to people. It makes people curious. It made me curious. Although, I’m not new to Stephen King. I’ve read Carrie, The Green Mile, and Pet Semetary but this year has reintroduced me to him.

Book vs. Movie: Stephen King’s IT edition

As the saying usually goes, the book is ALWAYS better than the movie and this is no exception to the rule. In my journey preparing for the new adaptation of Stephen King’s IT I finished reading the massive book about a week ago and tonight I decided to watch the 1990 miniseries with Tim Curry and honestly, it’s not all its cracked up to be. Maybe it’s because I’m older and never watched it as a child, but it’s more corny and cheesy than scary. I know a lot of people rave about Tim Curry’s performance, but even his performance to me was really cheesy. It almost didn’t even creep me out. The one part that I did find creepy was when they were flipping through Mike’s old photo album when they were kids and the picture came to life and Pennywise came out of it, but other than that it didn’t terrify me. Like I said before though, maybe it’s because I’m older. On the bright side, I did enjoy the parts they kept faithful to the book like in the beginning with Mrs. Denbrough playing the piano or the epic rock fight when their group of six becomes the Lucky 7. I haven’t seen the new movie yet but I think this new movie is going to be way better. Just from watching the trailer you can tell that the tone is dark and I believe that they’re going to do a great job of building tension (which the miniseries doesn’t do a good job) and Bill Skarsgård’s look is just perfect. They do a really good job of playing up the childishness of Pennywise in his first appearance in the trailer. I’m extremely excited to see this movie and we only have 29 more days to go!

Books bring imagination

One of the most incredible things to me is the way books can paint a pretty vivid picture in your head. I’m still in the middle of reading Stephen King’s IT and I am absolutely in love. King does an amazing job of building a scene for you. It’s no wonder that a lot of people described the book being a lot scarier than the movie. We have to realize that  what makes a book better than the movie no matter whether it’s a horror story or something else  is the fact that as readers we have to use our imagination. While watching a movie you’re not able to use your imagination. The scenes are force fed to us but reading the book creates a whole new experience for the reader. I have really been enjoying reading IT. It has definitely been an interesting experience. I still have a lot left to read. This book is massive, but I am looking forward to this journey leading up to the new adaptation coming out in September!

Stephen King for a new generation

I am so excited for all the things that Stephen King has going on this year! There’s a tv show coming out next month based off of his novel “The Mist” and then “The Dark Tower” is coming out in theaters in August based off of King’s book series and then “IT” is coming out in September! I am extremely excited about all of these. Stephen King seems to be on a roll this year and it’s awesome because all of sudden King is getting thrust back into the spotlight. He’s being recognized again for the brilliance that he is but now a new generation is getting to know who he is. This resurgence may have started when they remade the 2010 version of “Carrie” starring Chloe Moretz as the lead character but now this year it’s like Hollywood is trying to dig up the old King stories and revamp them for a newer generation and I think that’s great! Plain and simple, Stephen King should be known for the genius writer and story teller that he is.

Update on Stephen King’s IT

Well, I’ve gotten into the book pretty well. I had written a previous blog about my initial thoughts on the book and the fact that I wanted to read it before the new movie comes out in September, and it’s going fairly well. This book is creepy beyond believe and very disturbing, but I was prepared for that. I had heard nothing but great things about the book. One common thread between the many comments that I read on the internet was that the book was scarier than the movie. That’s something that always amazes me. How can a book be scarier than a movie? A movie is something that you can visually see. You would think that being able to see something would cause more fear but that is not the case with Stephen King’s IT. King paints such a vivid picture…a vivid disturbing picture that takes the readers on a terrifying journey. Last night as I was reading before bed I came across a scene that was really disturbing and just threw me (I’m not giving any spoilers!). My mouth literally fell open and I was like “Did that just happen?!” It was crazy, but King is a magician when it comes to writing. He’s just that good. Well, so along as I go read some more before bed.

Poe’s Influence

Just the other day me and my family were talking about Edgar Allan Poe. Me and my dad were both saying how “The Tell-Tale Heart” is our favorite story by Poe. I absolutely love Poe. I have one big, thick book of all of his collected short stories and poems and Tell -Tale Heart will always be my favorite. I thought that story was always intense. I like the ending:

“I gasped for breath –and yet the officers heard it not. I talked more quickly –more vehemently; but the noise steadily increased. I arose and argued about trifles, in a high key and with violent gesticulations; but the noise steadily increased. Why would they not be gone? I paced the floor to and fro with heavy strides, as if excited to fury by the observations of the men –but the noise steadily increased. Oh God! what could I do? I foamed –I raved –I swore! I swung the chair upon which I had been sitting, and grated it upon the boards, but the noise arose over all and continually increased. It grew louder –louder –louder! And still the men chatted pleasantly, and smiled. Was it possible they heard not? Almighty God! –no, no! They heard! –they suspected! –they knew! –they were making a mockery of my horror!-this I thought, and this I think. But anything was better than this agony! Anything was more tolerable than this derision! I could bear those hypocritical smiles no longer! I felt that I must scream or die! and now –again! –hark! louder! louder! louder! louder!

“Villains!” I shrieked, “dissemble no more! I admit the deed! –tear up the planks! here, here! –It is the beating of his hideous heart.”

*I always thought that was genius writing. The intensity just kept building and building and then bybthe end of the story the man’s paranoia got the better of him and he admitted to his crime. Poe really built a name for himself because of his twisted mind He was really consider the father of horror and father of the detective story. I love writers who are a little off and Poe really messed with your mind.